Our Yard was completed back in early April- but with baby prep (and arrival!) & letting the plants grow a bit- we haven’t done a proper “after” blog post.
I keep waiting for us to have an official outdoor party so I could have pictures with the yard full of people & food & drinks. We have we have had a few small bbq’s, but on those days I (of course) forget to stop to take pics of the yard since we’re busy enjoying it!
So this morning- while Steve tended to the watering & weeding (he’s doing a great job keeping things green & happy!)- I snapped a few pics so we can see some of the progress photos and a kind of “where are they now” look at things.
Here’s the side yard- progress and today- those plants are SUPER happy even in the late summer heat.
Here is the view from our master bedroom into the back yard- Progress, and today.
Here is the back yard from the BBQ area- progress and today.
And here’s proof we have sat out there & enjoyed the fruits of our labor-
April turned out to be a MUCH more exciting month than we had planned (see Everly’s arrival story Here).
I WAS hoping to stop working on the 12th & enjoy the rest of the month off before the may 2nd due date, but clearly that didn’t work out. Before she showed up- this is what happened…
My office threw me a really spectacular baby shower- I was NOT expecting it at all, very sweet & thoughtful.
We picked up a new table & chairs for the patio- Like we needed MORE chairs to own. But seriously- the green is so happy, and it fills the space perfectly- looking forward to using it this summer.
I tested both strollers, and miraculously they each fit in my trunk! I also installed the car seat (which turned out to be just in time- I put it in the weds before Everly showed up that Friday!)
This was the last “Bump” pic I snapped… didn’t make it to the 37 week picture!
The rest of the month was spent staring at THIS FACE!
We received so many beautiful flowers- it was so lovely around the house.
Everly showed up before Steve had his work shower- so we got these little gifts after she arrived, but that diaper cake was all the more appreciated now that we were in active diaper duty! And Everly got to wear her Baby YAT shirt to amuse daddy’s co-workers too!
We had lots of visitors in the hospital and to the house after we were home. I didn’t’ get pics of everyone, but we really appreciated all the visits & the yummy food deliveries! Thank you again to our friends & family who helped take care of us those first few weeks as a new family!
Feb may be small, but it packs a punch!
the Steamie Yard progressed…
We hosted a fun “Rock & Roll” themed shower to our FAB friends as the prep to welcome a new addition to their family. Nothing a few spray painted Vinyl records can’t do!
The onesie decorating was a super fun craftivity for the party guests!
Steve is such a sweet daddy to be & let me drag him to a couples pre-natal yoga class!
We packed in a few visits to Disneyland before our passed expire again.
Awesome valentines date night to Banderas (MMMM…. Cornbread) and movies at the port theater! We CRACKED up that our reserved seats stood out in the EMPTY theater.
Sweet little handmade heart pillow from Mr. Steamie- yes the button says “ you are my SEW mate” haha.
Bump selfies in restaurant bathrooms- so classy.
Steve made me excellent mock-tails (faux-garita)
We attended our birth-prep classes at hoag lucked out to score sundae from the event happening in the next room!
Snagged a super cute little table for the side yard seating area (Homegoods FTW!)
My mom got us our stroller! It’s getting real here. J
Steve did some craigslisting (which I think was just an excuse to play with these star wars figurines)
I started really rounding out that baby bump!
Somehow this picture of David Hasselhoff, autographed to Steve showed up- and it now on display on our fridge
A few toys & Books for Baby (NOTE the puffer fish WILL NOT go in the nursery)
A crafternoon paper craft- circles turn into scallops- turn into wall art for above the piano!
New pillowcases for the couch
And vintage thermoses are multiplying
Yard work begins
Glucose test- yes I brought Bids to review while I waited. I should have been paid for my time out of the office! Haha.
Fun day gallivanting around LA with Andrea & Ev- with photo ops in the arts district & TINY TOMS for Baby!
Testing out the new Tagine.
Awesome invites for the baby shower!
Amazing beef stroganoff at Old Vine Café- ultimate pregnancy craving satisfied. And this cute man to dine with ! Happy Heart!
We officially kicked off the yard project!
Ready to bring us a new front and back yard- the landscaper started Tuesday afternoon.
Round one- clean out the existing (overgrown) planting.
We arrived home Tuesday night to a barren front yard!
I snapped some progress pics weds morning before work. The front yard plants are mostly gone- and progress was being made in removing the ivy from the rear walls.
Here’s pics from Thursday morning- a before & after on the back wall!
We had NO idea how short that wall really was- or that it had a step up. We feel really exposed to the neighbors right now- but hopefully the new trees & trellis will help us feel more cozy again soon!
Thursday’s progress was all underground- they installed the gas & electrical lines, and filled the trenches back in- so it was back to a dirt lot!
Here’s the view this morning from the living room. The trenches are all filled in- soon the planter & trellis will be in this very spot!
Today’s Friday, and when we left for work- they crew was already working on installing the drainage, and prepping for the planter walls in the front & back yards. Wood had arrived for the decks, and form work. Will be amazing to have a deck and not a 2 foot step from the family room to the dirt below!
We already had one little snafu- there is apparently an easement in our side yard- 5 feet! SO that put the kabosh on our “L” shaped trellis in the back corner- but we’ve rebounded with an adjusted plan- and I think it will work out great. There will still be some posts with cables- but not a true “trellis” like we initially planned- but it should provide a great place to set up future tinkle lights and even grow some vines.
Stay tuned for more progress updates- I LOVE waking up each morning to see what’s been completed the day before (it’s dark out when we get home- so the morning brings surprises!)
Here’s hoping everything progresses in a timely manner- and before we know it we’ll get to have a fun BBQ party out there in our new space!